Sportsmedia blog article(previously posted in another thread) discussing projected Big Ten tv and other revenue at http://awfulannouncing.com/2016/big-ten ... -deal.html
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If these financial numbers hold up for the Big Ten, this is not looking good for the ACC and especially the Big 12. The Big 12 provided comments last month the Big Ten TV contact negotiations could impact decisions the Big 12 makes if the Big Ten scores big on new TV contract. The Big 12 could be in big trouble since the current rumors have the Big 12 not expanding this summer which obviously has much to do with money.
If the Big Ten is rolling in money and the Big 12 can not afford two more teams, the Big Ten could be in a great position to make a play for both the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma in 2026 when the Big 12 GOR expire.
It makes sense from a controlling standpoint to keep the college football playoff with four teams and allow the power leagues to split into pods and have semi and final conference made for TV championship money and almost ensured conference winner reaching the four team playoff in football.
The future "Big" could look like the following someday:
Pod 1: Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa
Pod 2: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois
Pod 3: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana
Pod 4: Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland
With these type of financial numbers, it would be an easy decision for Texas to drop the LHN and become part of the BTN.